5 hip-hop songs inspired by Malcolm X


Malcolm X could be the greatest inspiration to hip-hop culture. Most rappers connect with Malcolm X’s life story of surviving a troubled youth, seeking self-improvement, and being outspoken about the ills of the black community.

Malcolm X’s speeches have been sampled by rap artists such as Public Enemy, The Stop The Violence Movement, Dead Prez and Mos Def.

Malcolm X is also the civil rights leader hip-hop artists most often reference in lyrics.

In honor of Malcolm X’s birthday (May 19), black communities across the nation will hold celebrations this weekend.
We have compiled five memorable lyrical references to Malcolm X by hip-hop artists. –amir shaw

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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